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Bathing Suit Season is on the Horizon

Bathing suit season is fast approaching. This author found her perfect exercise class to get ready for that fateful moment when she'll have to get into a bathing suit.

Bathing Suit Season Lurks

OMG! Are you ready to funnel that body into a bathing suit in another month? Because that’s what’s going to happen when summer creeps up on us before we realize all this cold weather is going to transition straight into hot weather without a warning. And it’s coming faster than you think.

We’ll wake up one morning, it’ll be hot, and we’ll be left standing in our woolies saying, “No way am I getting into shorts and a halter top.” This week’s warm wave is like a friendly hit over to head to remind us that it’s looming and we’d better get our winter tires off (and I’m not talking about the car, ladies). Soon the kids will be begging to swim at Pine Lake and we mothers will be cowering on the ‘beach’ in the shade, dressed from the neck to the ankles, unable to inflict our bathing suit look on innocent children. It’s going to be embarrassing, unless we do something about it. How much do you have to lose? Five pounds? Ten? How about firming all the jiggly areas? I can’t just count on gardening to take the winter weight off. I don’t have that much garden. Unfortunately, I must wage war on fat this year and be more aggressive, having spent months at the computer in an oversized T-shirt.

Try Googling “exercise classes, Sammamish” and you’ll find marshal arts, various dance classes (including pole dancing at Spinderella Studios), aerobics in Redmond, Hot Yoga in Issaquah, early morning classes at the YMCA, if you’re a member, and various websites for gyms such as Gold’s and Klahanie Fitness. The suggestion of Boot Camp comes up and, although I wholly support those early morning ladies in yoga attire who push their limits at the Sammamish public parks at 7 a.m. each morning, I am not one of them. I do not feel ready to rise at six and get my carcass over to a park to go full steam ahead before my children have even gone to school. I need something later in the morning when the coffee has had a chance to kick in. When my eyes aren’t puffy and my body isn’t closed up like a flower that only blooms in the sunshine.

So…I signed up for an exercise class after years of thinking I could do this on my own.  I wanted to think I’d get my exercise playing with my kids, walking the dogs, doing housework (Ugh). Not so. But if I have a date on the calendar every Wednesday and Friday (think of it as a girlfriend’s birthday lunch at Pomegranate), I will go. Especially, because I prepaid and being a cheapo, I will not throw money down the toilet. Accountability is a good motivator for me. It’s easy to think “Oh, I’ll exercise Thursday after next, if the wind is blowing from the northeast.” But having a class this way, I’m not tempted to answer the phone, check emails or do the dishes. I’ve set aside the full hour to exercise.

I recently discovered my perfect exercise class -- Barre3. It’s in Bellevue, just off 405, near Bravern so although it’s not here on the Plateau (yet?!) it’s a quick trip.

Their training methods concentrate on strengthening and elongating your muscles, making your body a better machine. It’s not aerobics. It’s not Pilates or yoga or ballet but a combination of the last three. All I know is that in the 60 minute class, I work my backside off and leave there feeling great. There’s parking, I show up 5 minutes before class, find my place at the Barre that overlooks a field where people walk their dogs and the hour goes by quicker than you can say, “I can’t flatten my hands on the floor with straight legs.” It’s not a fashion show, everyone works at their own degree of difficulty and the instructors are awesome. Check it out.

The Bellevue and Capitol Hill franchises are owned by two ‘Teau Mamas, Anna and Heather, which makes my choice even more awesome. I love to support other Moms when they re-enter the working world after launching their children into the school system. Both these ladies are certified trainers and know their stuff, which is important when they’re telling your body to do something that feels like torture. I want to know that if I take my leg and put it in an unnatural position someone has researched that it’s not going to maim me for life. They offer child care for a small fee and one of my workout girlfriends uses that feature for her one-year-old twins, while she gets her pre-baby body back to its fighting shape. I like Barre3 for lots of reasons, not just the orange walls which make me happy, nor the fact that the instructors look like the cover of Shape magazine and I work harder to get that look and not just because King5 voted the Bellevue facility the “Best of Western Washington” or that Madonna loves the workout, but because I can actually see results after two weeks. And I figure I only have another four weeks before I sausage this body into my leopard print bathing suit and hope for the best.

What about you? Are you ready?

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Eliza May 20, 2011 at 01:14 PM
I literally thought through this exact thing this morning, as the sun was finally shining and I eyed my shorts... and then put them in the back of the closet. So nice to see this Teau Mama is not alone! Granted I love Barre3, it is a serious full-body workout but so funky and fun. It is the only exercise I can motivate myself to do these days, my one hour of self care that adjusts both my mind and body. Now if I could just stop stealing my kids Easter candy, and eating their Doritos while watching '24' late at night, that would help the bathing suit cause. On a final note, please do an article on the dreaded Spring Cleaning!
Brad Wong May 20, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Hi Eliza, Thank you for reading Sammamish Patch - especially the new "Local Voices" section which has these great blog posts. Enjoy the great Friday weather. Cheers, Brad Wong Editor Sammamish Patch
amy platt May 21, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Oh my goodness! Thanks for the "gentle reminder" about the impending swimsuit weather. I better hurry and do SOMETHING!!! ANYTHING!!! Actually, probably EVERYTHING!!! And do it Now!!!
Lauriann Garland May 22, 2011 at 01:46 AM
sounds perfect will have to try to work it into my schedule thanks for the info "Teau Mama"
Celia Wu May 22, 2011 at 03:27 AM
Thanks for letting us know about this! I have the same issues -- finding a workout I look forward to and can make time for -- will try it out! Celia from Sammamish
Brad Wong May 22, 2011 at 03:54 AM
Hi Celia, Lauriann and Amy, I just wanted to thank all of you for commenting on Sammamish Patch - and, of course, for reading the site and blog posts. Cheers, Brad Wong Editor Sammamish Patch
Christine Fairchild May 22, 2011 at 06:40 AM
And here I thought my BodyPump class would get me into bikini shape. Hmm, I'd better check out this Barre3 place here in Seattle.... thanks for the tip!
Lisa Costantino May 22, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Wish there was a Barre3 closer to Edmonds--I'd join in a hot minute. Until then, it's WiiFit and walking and funneling into the ol' swimsuit....
Val Serdy May 22, 2011 at 06:04 PM
I haven't yet tried a Barre 3 class, but I watched one of the instructors from before she started learning the method (right after she had a baby!) to after she started teaching it. She went from post-baby flab to a real dancer's build--her bottom actually firmed AND lifted and rounded nicely after she started doing Barre 3. If I can be so crass, her bum is a real testament to the method and I have GOT to get out and try it. Thanks for reminding me, Kimberley!
Kari Anne May 23, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Thanks for the chuckles Kimberley. I am eagerly awaiting your next post! In the meantime, I am a once/week Barre3 addict and ditto the positive feedback. I love that I get a full body workout in just one hour and feel "the good kind of sore" the day after. Plus, I'm a huge supporter of women-owned businesses, so it's double goodness.
Kim Hilliker May 23, 2011 at 04:39 PM
From one Kimberly to another, Brad needs to have you write more articles...I started off my Monday laughing and laughing at some of your comments- "Soon the kids will be begging to swim at Pine Lake and we mothers will be cowering on the ‘beach’ in the shade, dressed from the neck to the ankles, unable to inflict our bathing suit look on innocent children... Here is another one I wholly support those early morning ladies in yoga attire who push their limits at the Sammamish public parks at 7 a.m. each morning, I am not one of them. I do not feel ready to rise at six and get my carcass over to a park to go full steam ahead before my children have even gone to school. I need something later in the morning when the coffee has had a chance to kick in. When my eyes aren’t puffy and my body isn’t closed up like a flower that only blooms in the sunshine. Please, Please keep writing articles like this- I need the morning laugh...Kimberly Hilliker
Geri May 24, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Thanks for the reminder and pep talk Kim. I mostly prefer to ignore hot weather dress code as much as possible, but one thing I cannot ignore is my aging and increasingly achy body, so more exercise and stretching is my only hope. Sigh. Well at least I'll join the fray with a smile thanks to your article. Can't wait to read more!
Brad Wong May 24, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Hi Christine, Lisa, Val, Kari, Kim and Geri, Thank you for all the great comments regarding this blog post - and for reading Sammamish Patch! Kim, thank you for the blog posts. I'm glad to see the readers appreciate your humor and writing. Cheers, Brad

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